July 23, 2010
The Miami Heat are just about done filling out their roster for next season. Outside of LeBron James(notes), Chris Bosh(notes) and Dwyane Wade(notes), the team is filled with cheap role players, rookies and Mike Miller(notes). But really, with those three main guys, it doesn't really matter who's around them for the team to be good. The Heat may be top-heavy, but when the top is that heavy, that's not necessarily a bad thing.
However, just to test the limits of that approach to roster building, the Heat made a surprising offer, hoping to round out their roster. From Xinhua News:
The fomer NBA All-Star guard said the Heat contacted him through the player association of the NBA before LeBron James announced he would join in Miami on a live televesion show.
"I'll wait and see what'll happen," Marbury said during an interview with local media at the tom.com.
"They (the Heat) wanted a point guard. But I don't think a point guard would do much in the team as they've already had the Three Guys (Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh)."
That's Stephon Marbury in a nutshell — he'd rather get big stats in China than try to fit in on a possible championship team because his talents wouldn't be used the way he wants. Never change, Steph. I mean, shooting half-court threes is definitely fun.
It'd also be interesting to know if the Heat really contacted Stephon Marbury to play for them, or if he's just fudging things a little bit. Personally, I'd like to think that when Pat Riley was putting together his master plan he started with re-signing Dwyane Wade, then recruiting Chris Bosh and LeBron James to join the team, followed by immediately getting on the phone with Stephon Marbury to see if he'd be interested in trying to win a title with the Heat. Classic team building, really.
In reality, the Heat probably asked Marbury if he'd ever consider returning to the NBA. Then Marbury probably looked at the Heat roster, realized that Dwyane Wade wouldn't give up No. 3 and decided he wouldn't risk having a head tattoo that doesn't match his jersey after what happened in Boston. He doesn't want to be a laughing stock, after all.